Eco-Festival 2011
Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn)
Free & open to the public

Water: source of life, essential to all life, sustaining our planet. Water covers 70 percent of the earth’s surface and sustains 50 percent of the world’s species. Our oceans absorb nearly one-third of CO2 emissions. Yet, less than one percent of that water is protected. One billion people depend on seafood as their primary protein source—yet global fish stocks are crashing. Only 2.5 percent of the world’s water is fresh, and of this a mere fraction is available for human consumption. One billion people lack access to clean water, according to the UN. Over-fishing, pollution, development, and climate change—all effects of an exploding human population—threaten the waters that sustain us. What can we do to address the crisis? How can we sustain our waters? These are questions we are exploring in Eco-Festival 2011.

On the morning of April 14, speakers are Robert Sullivan, author of The Meadowlands and Rats, who will talk on “The Surprising Comeback of New York Harbor”; Kelly McMasters, author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir of an Atomic Town, whose talk title is “Standing at the Edge of the Sea: Our Human Ecosystem”; Derek Denckla, founder of the Propeller Group and FarmCity.US, who will speak on “Rising Tides & Empty Tables: The Nexus Between Watershed & Foodshedwater”; and Dr. Adeline Apena of Kingsborough, who will speak on “Africa: water usage, scarcity, and pollution.”

Other highlights include our highly popular Green Trade Fair; an Afternoon of Eco-Arts, featuring marine photographers Suzanne and Glen Rankin, who will present their award-winning “Colors of the Sea”, and our guest poet, George Held, followed by a student-hosted Café Night, which will feature fashion, music, and poetry. In addition we will have workshops, student and faculty panels, and films.

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